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SoundTouch clients figure very dearly to us and we are pleased to share some of the comments we have received recently.
Sir Charles Parson School
"Great to hear from you last night. We're still trying to find the "quotes" document we made straight after our activity week so I have been to see a couple of the members of staff this morning. They are happy to be cited. A special needs assistant (actually two, one overheard and joined in) said "Oh I loved that, when is she coming again, I loved seeing the childrens responses. I know it was for the children but got so much out of it personally too." "It really met the needs of our pupils." "She was so respectful towards the pupils, she recognised them as teenagers and individuals, it's no easy thing when faced with a group of "our" special people." " It usually takes ages for the pupils to be aware of what is happening but they were responding straight away. The pupils became alert very quickly." A teacher said she was really impressed at the response several pupils, especially "M" (a teenager with physical, visual and profound learning difficulties) had to the greeting song. She has used the "finger on throat" greeting with "M" ever since and found she remembers it and begins to respond much faster than before. The teacher learned several simple techniques that day that she now uses in class with the pupils. She would also love to support your work and really wants you to come back soon. (I've given her your details as she'd like a session for herself one day. Everyone was in full agreement that your work really supports "our" special children in so many ways."
A Work Group Session at the Sound Lodge
Johanna arranged a bespoke session in the Sound Lodge for the Michael Heppell Ltd team. We arrived at the session not quite sure what to expect, and left feeling relaxed, refreshed and with plenty of food for thought.Our session helped us to clear our minds, rest our bodies and experience resonance and its healing qualities - something of value to all of us in the business world.We are happy to recommend Johanna and her intriguing and innovative techniques.Experience sound therapy - we dare you! Michael and Christine HeppellSept 2011
Evening Sound Meditation 9th May 2012
"I thought you might like to know I felt much better the following morning - like a cloud had lifted and, whilst I am not yet firing on all cylinders, there is a definite improvement and I am thankful for that.
Thank you so much for everything - the soundtouch is very powerful. It was also lovely to chat afterwards".
Exploring Colour and Sound Healing session with Johanna. October 2012
"In the beginning when the bowls were ringing I saw myself wrapped gradually in very pale green like a scarf, which is the same colour as the spirit of Mother Earth in classic shamanism, who appears like crystal, carrying a ball of light. Whilst all this was going on I felt that my stomach was gurgling and it gradually worked right up into my throat. At the same time I saw something working its way out of my body through the crown. It almost left but was dragged back when another bowl sounded. I found myself standing in front of the Earth Spirit and she was dancing and telling me to dance. I don’t know if you used any other sounds but at one stage I could hear a sound that I felt was whale music and there was another one too but I can’t remember what that reminded me of. At one stage when you were sounding the bells round my head I saw like a dark cloud and in it was the blue healing light of spirit so I knew exactly which colour to choose. I could feel the blue vibrating and felt very calm. The affirmation was absolutely fitting. The magenta got a bit “heavy” but again the affirmation was right. You spoke of a rainbow before I left and I was looking for one as I walked down the lane but instead I saw a light that was a mixture of the two colours. As I was driving home there was a song on the radio about rainbows".
Feedback from a group event February 2011
"You are an inspiration and have to tell you that when you are gonging you are so powerfully present and a true Gong Master. You have the power and ability to create a palpable energy of renewal and healing, connection and balance. I'm still mulling over the total events of the weekend!"
Feedback of Sound and Colour Experience November 2012
I went across to Hexham a couple of weeks ago for a colour and sound session with Johanna. On arrival we went to Johanna's treatment room which is full of lovely colours, gongs and bowls. The room has a very relaxing and peaceful feel to it. Johanna started by using Tibetan singing bowls and as I was sitting comfortably and allowing the resonant sounds from the bowls to wash over me I felt the cares of the outside world retreat. After some time spent just relaxing and letting go she asked me to choose three colours from a selection of silks that were hanging on the wall. I chose the three that felt right for me at that moment and Johanna then asked me to sit with each of the silks in turn while she talked about the meaning and significance of each colour. I realised as I sat there that it was a while since I had delved into what had been going in my life over the last few months. Different feelings rose and ebbed with each colour. I took the general feeling from each and have been revisiting these feelings since the session. This has helped me review where I am and what I am doing at the minute. Following the session I felt happy and easy about what I had to do for the rest of the day. I took that feeling with me and it has stayed as a source of support and comfort.
It has taken a while to write this piece about the colour session with Johanna because it has taken a while for the effect to sink in. Looking back from here I can see that using the vibrational energy of sound and colour I have shifted my focus on what is going on in my life. It feels good to have the opportunity to step back, see the real proportions and significance of the way I have been feeling and then relax and let it all go. Overall I am sure that as result of the work I did with Johanna I am better able to see where I am and how I am feeling. Having a clear vision feels good, thanks Johanna.
Financial Services Business
"The group really enjoyed their time out from their usual work routine and felt relaxed and more focused after the Soundtouch session and we look forward to you coming into the office again."
"A couple of people commented on how different I seemed after the Soundtouch session, one of them was my boss and the other my Yoga Teacher two days later . I really felt more grounded and calm."
Harmonising with Bowls 5th May 2012
Thank you so much for a wonderful nurturing afternoon, I really enjoyed it.
Harmonising with Singing Bowls 5th May 2012
"I just wanted to say thankyou so much for today. I got so much from the session on so many levels and also chatting to you after- I feel so blessed to be able to access your workshops and the special space that you hold in the soundlodge."
Individual Session January 2011
"That was a wonderful , enlightening and soul moving experience.I will incubate it all and think about hearthealing for the future .You give so much - knowledge, understanding and kindness."
Newcastle Carers Group 23rd May 2012
My First Experience of Sound Meditation
I’ve been a carer for my son for 18 years (he is now 22) and the stress of caring has played a major part in my life leading to diagnosed depression. I’ve always found solace in music which helps me relax and makes me feel able to bounce back and get on with life.
Whilst on a retreat with a group of carers, I was given the opportunity to join a session with Johanna’s sound meditation and at the time I thought it would be embarrassing and basically a waste of an hour but I always believe that you are here to try everything if you can so I joined in. It turned out to be one of the most amazing hours of my life! I had a vision in my head of a lot of middle aged women humming and chanting but Johanna’s voice and the sounds led me to a place inside of myself which I had forgotten existed and which was peace and tranquillity. I felt as if I was the only one in the room with Johanna – it felt personal and one-to-one. When she started singing, it felt as if someone had just pulled a quilt over me and I was totally relaxed.
It was the most relaxing hour of my life in over 15 years and when I left the group, I felt no need for a caffeine lift or an energy rush, I just wanted to be alone – still and within myself where Johanna had put me.
Even 2 or 3 weeks later I could still put my head back to that place of calm.
I would sincerely recommend this relaxation therapy to anyone. I can’t see anyone looking back. It’s got to be tried!
‘During the sound lodge sessions I feel so safe, nurtured and cared
for. As the session deepens, this enables me to let go of my mind
chatter and deeply connect to the higher energies and vibrations
present. The sessions enable me to feel total connection with my
body, with nature and the present moment. The sounds and chanting
feel as though they cleanse the energetic pathways in my body and
bring my being back into harmony. It is such an amazing gift for my
soul and such a worthwhile experience to attend these sessions.’
Sacred Sound Toning and Chanting
I very much enjoyed the afternoon, thank you. , the banter over tea seems an essential part of the experience, to share such a workshop experience as a group it seems somehow essential to share some ordinary worldly words afterwards.
In terms of written feedback that might be helpful to others thinking of coming along for the first time I would just like to offer that..
.'... in practical terms it consists of a nice drive out to the countryside to sit in a lovely yurt for a couple of hours with like minded people.... Listening to the beautiful sound of sacred chants... made even more special as the resonance of my own voice as part of that sound feels very inclusive....magic !...and I can't even sing !'.
Sound For Peace Meditation 14th February 2013
I just wanted to let you know how amazing I found the sound lodge on Valentine's day. I got so much from it and I am looking forward to attending the Spring Equinox on the 20th March. I told my partner about it and he very much wants to attend as well.
Soundtouch 'Wilderness' Session:
"I want to say that apart from the beautiful setting and good structuring and leadership, there was for me the feeling of heartening and willingness to let go. Being outdoors takes away some of that shyness."
Soundtouch Group Session @ Core Music:
"A belated thank you on behalf of the dance group for last Friday evening. Just wanted to let you know we all enjoyed the gongs very much. The relaxation stayed with me all weekend which is unusual!"
Soundtouch Personal Sessions:
"I had my blood pressure taken just after my first Soundtouch session and it had gone down significantly. I then had another two sessions and my blood pressure remains stable."
"I have had several Soundtouch sessions with Johanna. The sessions are hard to describe as they vary according to my needs at the time. Sometimes I have felt very relaxed as I respond to the sounds. At other times my body feels as if it is physically changing with the vibrations of the sound waves. Later I am aware of feeling calm, with less physical discomfort and often energized by the experience. I have terminal cancer and plan on continuing Soundtouch as a therapy which contributes to my peace of mind, sense of wellbeing and delight in my life."
"At the end of the Soundtouch session I felt very balanced and in control of my energy. For the rest of the day I found it easy to focus on tasks and deal with demands without getting flustered. As a result of this experience I would be happy to recommend it to anyone who enjoys feeling calm and relaxed."
Soundtouch School Session:
"My daughter responded so well to the session, particularly the Gong and Crystal Singing Bowl. Thank you for a great morning."
Soundtouch Special Needs Session:
"I felt all the youngsters who attended the 'Soundtouch Touching the Sound' Workshop benefitted from it in their own way. A lovely peaceful and interactive experience."
Testimonial for Musical Spine. April 2013
Thank you for a really special and gentle session that went surprisingly deep.
I am used to the feeling of flow (and blocks) in the meridians and other channels of the body but do not have any reference for applied sound and colour. With some of the tuning forks there was quite audible sound together with vibration even when at a distance from my ears and others were felt only as a shorter or longer vibration. There was only one point where I could sense a change due to colour.
At the end of the session I was definitely more relaxed and centred and my body felt looser. I slept well that night and then experienced a ‘healing reaction’ later the next day and the day following.
I would definitely use this form of healing again.
Two weeks later after Colour and Sound Healing Session
"I feel a lot have things have shifted and that I have much greater clarity. Thank you"
Winter Solstice 2010
"Thanks for organising the gong session in the yurt over the solstice weekend. It was really good to spend some time taking stock and thinking of all the activities that had taken place over the last 12 months. There is something magical about spending some time in quiet contemplation with others in a beautiful setting and backed with the resonance of your expert use of the gongs. It really created a feeling of peace and space for me. I look forwards to future events"
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